A book of condolence has been opened at Preston’s Town Hall and Harris Museum.Advertisement
The city council are currently discussing with the Finney family whether there will be a civic funeral, following the Sir Tom’s death on Friday.
Council leader Peter Rankin said as a freeman of Preston the Preston North End legend was entitled to the civic funeral in the city.
Paying tribute to Finney, Councillor Rankin said: “It is difficult to believe Sir Tom has died. He is probably the most important Prestonian that has ever lived and we are all deeply saddened at the news of his death. All our thoughts are with Sir Tom’s family at this difficult time. Sir Tom was a role model for all.
“A true gentleman and an ambassador not just for football but for the City of Preston and indeed England as a whole. Sir Tom was and is a true football legend. His like will never be seen again. Whilst the people of Preston are in mourning now, we must give thanks for the wonderful life of Sir Tom Finney and the legacy that he leaves.
“Rest in Peace Sir Tom, you have done us all proud.”
Fans continued to leave tributes at The Splash statue at Deepdale which is now swamped with scarves and flowers.
The Preston North End first team also paid a visit to pay their respects.
Emotional messages have been left on the Sir Tom Finney website which is acting as an online book of condolence.
Meanwhile a Facebook campaign has been started to turn the former National Football Museum building at Deepdale into a Sir Tom Finney museum.